January 17, 2017 in Electrical problems, Electrical Tips & Advice, Your Home

Important fire safety tips during power outages

Fire safety during a power outage

To reduce fire risk during a power outage, the Office of the Fire Marshal offers the following safety tips:

  • Electrically-connected smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will not work when the power is out unless they have battery back-ups. Make sure your home has battery-operated smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Everyone should know how to get out immediately if there is a fire. Plan and practice your escape plan before emergencies happen.
  • Use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles or hurricane lamps. If using candles, place them in a secure holder and cover them with a glass chimney, away from children and pets.
  • Propane and charcoal barbecues are for outdoor use only. Do not bring them inside.
  • Purchase generators with recognized approval labels. Make sure the unit has proper connection receptacles and circuit breakers.
  • Portable generators should only be used outdoors and carefully located to ensure that exhaust fumes do not enter the home. Allow the generator to cool before refueling. Refuel the generator outside, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Store fuel for the generator in approved containers, outside the home.
  • Use only portable space heaters that have been designed for indoor use and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Provide adequate ventilation by opening a window slightly while the heater is in use. Before refueling, turn off the heater, wait for it to cool and take the heater outside to refuel.
  • Make sure electric stove elements and small appliances are OFF or unplugged to prevent fires from occurring when the electricity is restored.
  • Cordless phones will not work when the power is out, so it is recommended to have at least one phone that does not require electricity to operate.

Source: www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/FireMarshal/FireSafetyandPublicEducation/PublicFireSafetyInformation/PowerOutages/PowerOutages.html

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One Comment

  1. November 2, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Anna Collins


    Thank you for your warning when you told us to make sure electrical devices and appliances are off and unplugged during power outages to prevent fires from happening once the electricity is restored. It’s been raining heavily in our area lately, so we’ve been experiencing unexpected power outages more often as well. I’ll be sure to remember this from now on while I look for an electrical contractor to check our home for potential issues that can cause electric fires.

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